Financial Assistance and Grants

Financial Assistance and Grants Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Author(s): Nebraska Forest Service
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There are several opportunities available for financial assistance with the Nebraska Forest Sevice. Each grant has its own unique requirements but all will include an element of cost-sharing of the project. Cost-share is reimbursed to the applicant after a project’s successful completion.

While applications may seem difficult, our staff is available to help you assess your project, determine the best source of funding, and help you get paperwork in order. It is a no-cost service we provide to help you reach your project’s end goals.

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Hazardous Fuels Treatment

ABOUT: Reimbursements up to 100 percent of the costs of thinning of dense forests and removal of ladder fuels—live or dead vegetation—that allow fires to climb from the landscape floor into the tree canopy.

WHO CAN APPLY: State and private forest landowners with treatment acres adjacent to US Forest Service land in the Pine Ridge. 

CONTACT:
Fred McCartney | 308-432-8158 | fmccartney2@unl.edu

Forest Fuels Treatment

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 75 percent of the cost of tree removal, piling, and burning. Per-acre caps apply.

WHO CAN APPLY: Forest landowners in the Pine Ridge, Niobrara Valley, Loess Canyons, and northeast Nebraska, near the Missouri River.

CONTACTS:
Pine Ridge: Fred McCartney | 308-432-8158 | fmccartney2@unl.edu
Niobrara Valley: Beth Arens | 402-387-1176 | barens2@unl.edu
Loess Canyons: Rachel Allison | 308-696-6718 | rallison1@unl.edu
Northeast: Steve Rasmussen | 402-375-0101 | srasmussen2@unl.edu

Recedar Forest Management

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 75 percent of the treatment cost of thinning redcedar forest lands. Funding cannot be used to remove all vegetation; a cedar crop must remain after management.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any state or private landowner outside of Pine Ridge, Niobrara Valley and Wildcat Hills.

CONTACT:
Adam Smith | 402-522-6685 | asmith11@unl.edu

Forest Restoration

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 75 percent of the cost of removing dead or damaged trees, controlling erosion, tree planting, and broadcast seeding, weed control, animal damage control, and fencing activities.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any state or private forest landowner in the Pine Ridge or Niobrara Valley with burned forest land.

CONTACT:
Pine Ridge: Fred McCartney | 308-432-8158 | fmccartney2@unl.edu
Niobrara Valley: Beth Arens | 402-387-1176 barens2@unl.edu

Firewise™ Defensible Space

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 75 percent of the cost of removing flammable trees and shrubs to create “defensible space” around homes or buildings.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any state or private forest landowner in Nebraska.

CONTACT:
Matt Holte | 402-472-6060 | mholte3@unl.edu

Volunteer Fire Assistance

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 50 percent of the cost to acquire the necessary equipment, prevention material, and/or training for fighting wildland fires. Individual awards are capped at $5,000 and online fire reporting must be current.

WHO CAN APPLY:
Volunteer fire departments in Nebraska. The application is available annually in April.

CONTACT: 
Matt Holte | 402-472-6060 | mholte3@unl.edu

Minigrants for planting

ABOUT: Funding supports fall tree-planting projects. Maximum of ten trees per project, requires approved in-kind match by the applicant.

WHO CAN APPLY
: Individuals must represent a group or organization.
Priority for ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, TCUSA, etc. Individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs. Schools, non-profit groups and are encouraged to apply.

CONTACT:
Kendall Weyers | 402-472-6693 | kweyers2@unl.edu

Converting to biomass

ABOUT: Funding for converting a facility to utilize woody biomass for heating and/or cooling. Reimbursement up to 50 percent of the cost of contracted engineering, construction and installation costs upon project completion.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any public, private, and/or nonprofit organizations in Nebraska.

CONTACT:
Adam Smith | 402-472-1276 | asmith11@unl.edu

Wood products development

ABOUT: Reimbursement up to 100 percent of the cost of developing innovative wood products or uses for established products. Awards may include proof-of-concept projects, product development and testing, product marketing, or outreach and education.

WHO CAN APPLY: Local, regional, or state agencies, and private businesses statewide.

CONTACT:
Heather Nobert |402-782-1453 | hnobert2@unl.edu

Great Plains Biochar Initiative

ABOUT: Reimbursements up to 100 percent for the development of wood-based biochar markets and/or utilization opportunities. Individual awards are capped at $5,000.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any public or private business, agency, landowner or nonprofit organization.

CONTACT: 
Heather Nobert |402-782-1453 | hnobert2@unl.edu

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